IND V WI: Virat Kohli Becomes Asia's Highest Scoring Test Captain

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Virat Kohli now holds the record for the most runs scored by an Asian captain in Test cricket.

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has added another feather to his illustrious cap during his knock of 45 runs on the second day of the second Test match against West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.

The Indian run-machine now holds the record for the most runs scored by an Asian captain in Test cricket. By doing so, he has now joined an elite list featuring Sunil Gavaskar and MS Dhoni and has also surpassed Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq who was the previous holder of this record.

Sarfraz Ahmed scored 4214 runs in 56 matches, and had 8 centuries to his name as the skipper of Pakistan. However, Virat Kohli has surpassed the feat in only 42 matches, which is further testament to the phenomenal run-making ability of the Indian skipper.

While the England tour has been bittersweet for the Indian cricket team. Though, the same can't be said about Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has been in an extraordinary form this year, having become the highest run-getter in Test cricket and has carried his record-breaking exploits by notching his 24th Test century during the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot.

As far as the match is concerned, Rishabh Pant's audacious stroke-play complemented Ajinkya Rahane's patient approach as India reached 308 for four against the West Indies on the second day.

The West Indies innings' was brought to a halt for 311, after Umesh Yadav cleaned the visitors' tail-enders to achiever his career-best figures of 6/88 in 26.4 overs. Prithvi Shaw dominated the morning session after KL Rahul had to endure another embarrassment. 

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Another batsman who was subject to failure was Cheteshwar Pujara, who starred in the first Test. Post that, Virat Kohli came in and stabilized India's innings. However, the Indian skipper failed to convert his composed start into a big total. Nevertheless, Kohli scored 45 runs and with that, he now has 4233 runs as India's captain.

After Kohli's dismissal, Rishabh Pant steered the ship with his incredible strokeplay. He celebrated his maiden call-up to India's ODI squad with a second Test half-century. The left-handed batsman notched an attractive unbeaten 85 off 120 balls, while vice-captain Rahane slogged hard to remain undefeated on 75 off 174 balls. The duo together stitched an unbeaten partnership of 146 runs for the fifth wicket.

 

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